Individual title holders had to say goodbye to the world championships
The Hungarian men’s sabre team consisting of Áron Szilágyi, András Szatmári, Csanád Gémesi and Tamás Decsi had an easy victory of 45-31 against Vietnam, and then in the Round of 16 they faced Egypt. The many Hungarian fans who came to support their team could expect another easy encounter, but the Egyptian team didn’t become afraid of the great atmosphere. It took some time for Szilágyi and his teammates to find the rhythm, but they managed to secure another victory of 45-32 in the end.
“We were quite tense. We knew that we were the favourites here and this stopped us from doing our best. Luckily, we became more relaxed by the end, which could be seen in the quality of our performance, we achieved some nice touches” – the Olympic champion Áron Szilágyi evaluated their performance. He is now focusing on the next challenge, since they will step on the piste again in the Round of 16 on Sunday. – Our team is the most unified. I expect a lot of fans coming to the BOK Hall tomorrow as well, since we need their support at this very difficult world championships with a lot of strong teams.”
The Round of 16 in the team competition of men’s sabre begins at 10:50 at the BOK Hall, while the finals start at 16:00.
Unfortunately, the Hungarian women’s epée team couldn’t go against the odds and get in to the top 8. The team which consisted of Dorina Budai, Eszter Muhari, Kinga Nagy and Anna Kun will be featured again on Saturday afternoon.
There were some surprises in the individual Tables of 64. Title holder Russian Sofia Pozdniakova was defeated by Canadian Gabriella Page in women’s sabre, already in the first round.
“It’s a great success for me, and I am very happy, but I already need to focus on the next challenge waiting for me” – Page said, who couldn’t keep up her good performance, since she lost in the next round. The only remaining Hungarian in this discipline is Anna Márton, who got into the top 8; Liza Pusztai, Renáta Katona and Júlia Mikulik are all out of the competition.
The first round held the biggest surprise in men’s foil too, since the title holder and first-ranked Alessio Foconi got defeated by Marcus Mepstead from Great Britain by 15-9.
„It’s a great feeling to win against one of the greatest fencers of this discipline. Alessio Foconi is one of the best, so I am exceptionally delighted about defeating him” – the British said, who continued his march towards the final, since he is already in the Round of 16. However, nobody could achieve this among the Hungarian foil fencers.
The semi-finals and finals of women’s individual sabre and men’s individual foil start at 18:00.